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Once Upon a Pregnancy (Silhouette Special Edition / The Wilder Family)
Once Upon a Pregnancy (Silhouette Special Edition / The Wilder Family) by Judy Duarte 0373248911 9780373248919
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Once Upon a Pregnancy (Silhouette Special Edition / The Wilder Family) by Judy Duarte

Simone Garner studied the home pregnancy test kit sitting on the white tile countertop in her bathroom and waited as one long second stretched into another.She was thirty-seven years old and a nurse at Walnut River General Hospital, so she certainly should have known better than to let something like this happen.Butshe had let it happen, and there was no one to blame but herself.Two months ago, at a cocktail party Dr. Peter Wilder hosted to celebrate the rechristening of the hospital library in honor of his late father, a waiter holding a tray of champagne approached Simone and offered her a glass.A teetotaler by nature, she nearly declined, but the festive mood had been contagious.At first, the champagne hadnt done much for her except to tickle her nose and throat, but shed soon acquired a taste for it, as well as a mind-numbing buzz.So when Mike ORourke, an attractive medic shed known for a while, volunteered to drive her home, shed agreed. Then, while he opened the door to let her into his Jeep, shed let him kiss her.Or maybe shed been the instigator.Looking back, she wasnt entirely sure whod actually made the first move. All she knew was that the star-spinning, knee-weakening kiss had happened.After they arrived at her place, she should have thanked him for the ride and let it go at that, but for some reason, she felt compelled to invite him in. Shed given him a tour of the house shed remodeled, then turned on her new stereo system and played a soft, suggestive love song.Do you want to dance?Her boldness had been so out of character that, in retrospect, shed blamed her newfound self-confidence on the alcohol, as well as the sleek black cocktail dress shed purchased for the occasion and the cute but impractical heels shed probably only wear once.With her senses still reeling from both the champagne and Mikes charm, Simone had slipped into his embrace, quickly relishing his musky, mountain-fresh scent and the faint bristle of his cheek against hers.Theyd swayed to the soul-stirring melody, hearts beating and bodies moving as oneuntil shed stumbled.Shed grabbed on to Mike for balance, and theyd shared a laugh, followed by a heated look, a lingering touch.One thing had led to another, and theyd kissed again.Oh, Lordy, how theyd kissed.Then, for some crazy reasonthe heat of the moment, she supposedshed led him to her bedroom.Waking up in Mikes arms and then sending him on his way would have been a lot easier to do if their love-making had only been so-so. In that case, he would have understood why shed ended things.But the entire experience had been off the charts.And now she feared that if great sex had anything to do with sperm motility or fertility, shed be having septuplets.Oh, God, no. Please, no.Just the thought of what a pink dot on the testing apparatus meant made her nauseous, even though shed already had the dry heaves earlier this morning.At first, shed told herself that stress from work had caused her period to be delayed. After all, there had been some allegations of insurance fraud at Walnut River General, and the timing couldnt be worse, with the hospital in danger of being taken over by Northeastern HealthCare.And to top it off, someone was leaking financial information and other sensitive data to the conglomerate, putting the hospital at a significant disadvantage for negotiations.But Simone hadnt been able to explain away her symptoms any longer. So she got up from her seat on the commode and stood before the test, while her future and the pale yellow walls of the small bathroom seemed to close in on her.No pink dot yet, though.Maybe it had been stress. Maybe her conscience and her imagination had become a tag team and were really doing a number on her, punishing her for allowing herself one little sexual fantasy.After all, she and Mike had used condo

Author: Judy Duarte

Language: English

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Pages: 224

Publisher: Silhouette Special Edition

Publication Date: 2008-03-25

Our Price: $4.34

ISBN: 0373248911

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